From a waiter to CEO of Texas Chicken

HANDS ON: Texas Chicken CEO Jim Hyatt preparing the fast-food restaurant's signature fried chicken.

In a rare cooking demonstration, Mr Jim Hyatt, 60, stepped into the kitchen yesterday to make Texas Fried Chicken's signature dish and biscuit.

The chief executive officer was in town to officiate the opening of the franchise's 500th international restaurant at Resorts World Sentosa.

Mr Hyatt, who is also the global president of the fast food company, worked his way up through all levels of operations in his 35 years in the business.

He started at 16, working part-time at Burger King, when he was a college student.

WINNER: Madam Sharon Lim with her son Yoong Zhi Qian and daughter Yoong Yan Yi. Madam Lim was one of the contest winners. ​TNP PHOTO: ISKANDAR ROSSALI 

He then worked his way up to manager, franchisee and corporate officer before he was asked to run the Texas Chicken brand in 2011.

A year earlier, Texas Chicken entered the Singapore market under Mr Vincent Tan, founder and managing director of Select Group.

Since then, the franchise has grown to 12 outlets, with the 13th set to open next week in Centrepoint at Orchard Road.

It was a coincidence that the 500th international outlet was opened here, said Mr Hyatt.

He told The New Paper: "It happened on its own, but if I were to plan it, Vincent would be the right person to execute it. He has been a great leader in expanding our presence in the Asian market."

Since it was founded 64 years ago in San Antonio, Texas Chicken (known as Church's Chicken in North America) has grown into an international brand, with about 1,200 outlets in the US and another 500 overseas.

Texas Chicken in Singapore prides itself in serving the most delicious fried chicken - supplied from Malaysia - and honey butter biscuits, he said.


Mr Hyatt added: "We like to do palettes and local profiles, which vary from country to country.

"In Singapore, we have the garlic and herb flavour this month, along with the signature original and spicy flavours."

Civil servant Tiew Qin Jian, 35, who returned to Singapore in March after living in the US for two years, had no idea that Church's Chicken existed here.

"I came to know about it only after seeing the Texas Chicken logo and realised that it's the same company as Church's Chicken," he said.

"I like the chicken here better. I think it's more suited to my taste - it's a little spicier."

Mr Tiew was one of the 20 winners of a Facebook contest who received a pair of invites to the opening.

The winners also received $120 worth of Texas Chicken vouchers each.

Another winner, housewife Sharon Lim, 43, who turned up with her four-year-old son Yoong Zhi Qian and 10-year-old daughter Yoong Yan Yi, said she likes to take her children there for meals.

She said: "The chicken is not as salty as compared to other places. It's a good treat for my kids who enjoy eating fast food."

We like to do palettes and local profiles, which vary from country to country. In Singapore, we have the garlic and herb flavour this month, along with the signature original and spicy flavours.

- Texas Chicken CEO Jim Hyatt

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Angelina Jolie files for divorce from Brad Pitt just weeks after second wedding anniversary

SPLITSVILLE: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie got married in 2014 after being together for about a decade.

The marriage of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie has hit the skids and she has filed for a divorce, entertainment website TMZ reported last night.

The news comes just weeks after the couple's second wedding anniversary.

What was the reason for their decision to go their separate ways?

There are many theories being floated around, including one that said that Pitt, 52, and his Allied co-star Marion Cotillard had an affair.

On Monday, Morning News USA noted a recent rumour regarding Pitt's potential interest in Gwyneth Paltrow, but that report was quickly shot down, reported.

Days prior, the Hollywood Gossip shared a photo of an In Touch Weekly cover, which read, "Brad & Angelina: US$400 million divorce."

But TMZ said there is no outside person who contributed to the move and that the decision to divorce has to do with how Pitt is parenting their children and that she is upset over his methods.

It quoted unnamed sources as saying that Jolie became "fed up" with Pitt's consumption of marijuana and possibly alcohol, and mixed with what she believes is "an anger problem", she felt it had become dangerous for the children.

It also reported that well-known divorce lawyer Laura Wasser is representing Jolie, 41.

Ms Wasser also represented her in her divorce from Billy Bob Thornton.

The lawyer most recently represented another star, Johnny Depp, in his divorce from Amber Heard, Mail Online reported.

This will be the third divorce for Jolie, who was previously married to Elementary star Jonny Lee Miller and Thornton.

Pitt's first marriage to actress Jennifer Aniston ended in 2005 as a result of his relationship with Jolie, whom he met when the two worked on the 2005 film Mr and Mrs Smith.

The split comes less than a year after the couple released By The Sea, about an unhappily married couple, Mail Online reported.

Jolie directed and starred in the film alongside Pitt, and admitted how difficult the shoot was at times.

She said of making the film: "It was our way of testing ourselves. We knew that if we could get through this, we'd come out even stronger and happier. And we did.

"We've always liked putting ourselves through challenges, even though it was maybe a little more dangerous for us as a couple."

She then added: "I don't think we want to go through it again though."


Jolie also said in an interview with The Telegraph while promoting the film: "To be clear, we have fights and problems like any other couple.

"We have days where we drive each other absolutely mad and want space, but the problems in the movie aren't our specific problems."

Pitt came into the public eye 25 years ago with a much-talked-about shirtless debut as eye candy in the hit movie Thelma and Louise. He went on to become a household name in Hollywood, AFP reported.

A two-time Oscar nominee for his acting, Pitt took home a golden statuette as producer for best picture 12 Years A Slave.

Jolie catapulted to stardom with her role in 1999's Girl, Interrupted, taking home an Academy Award for best supporting actress for her fierce portrayal of a rebellious woman in a mental institution.

The red carpet darling is now better known for her humanitarian work than for her tabloid-ready actions, having served for several years as a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

She is also one of the world's most visible symbols in the battle against cancer, having undergone a double mastectomy and removal of her ovaries and fallopian tubes to prevent an aggressive form of the disease that killed her mother, her grandmother and an aunt.

To be clear, we have fights and problems like any other couple.

- Angelina Jolie

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This was not the first trouble at the Singapore Boys' Home.

In December 1997, about 75 police officers were called in to break up a fight between two groups of boys at the Home, which was then located at Clementi.

It was sparked off by a dispute between two boys and escalated when the other boys joined in and began exchanging punches and throwing chairs and plastic cups at one another.

The officers involved included a Special Operations Command task force, two police dog teams and policemen from Clementi Police Station.

A total of 14 boys were taken to hospital for minor injuries.

Earlier that year, a 15-year-old inmate was injured and hospitalised after a fight with two others.

Days before that incident, six teenagers broke out of the Home after beating up a 50-year-old security guard and forcing a female staff member to open the gate.

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26 youths in Boys' Home arrested over unruly behaviour

TROUBLE: A resident told TNP there was shouting of vulgarities and banging sounds for a few hours.

The events on Monday night were the worst his family had experienced this year.

There had been occasional disturbances in the past.

But the father of two primary school children said the noise coming from the Singapore Boys' Home (SBH) two nights ago kept his family awake for a few hours.

The 35-year-old accountant, who declined to be named, told The New Paper yesterday: "I couldn't see what was happening inside SBH but it was definitely serious and loud.

"The shouting of vulgarities and banging sounds went on for a few hours. The shouting stopped briefly and started all over again, several times into the morning.

"It sounded as if there were different groups of boys doing the shouting."

As it turned out, 26 residents at the Singapore Boys' Home were arrested for unlawful assembly on Tuesday morning.

SBH is a juvenile residential home in Jurong run by the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF).

It houses at-risk young people aged between 12 and 21 who might also have got into trouble with the law.

TNP understands the 26 residents involved were unhappy with issues at the Home and created a ruckus by throwing items out of windows.

The reason behind their unhappiness with the Home is not known.

The accountant, who lives in a nearby block of flats, had called TNP yesterday to share what residents living close to SBH had experienced.

The man said: "The school term has started, and I hope something can be done at SBH because my children will not get their rest if this happens again."

While on his way to work yesterday morning, the accountant said he saw a red riot police vehicle parked in front of SBH.

When TNP contacted St Joseph's Canossian Convent, located next to SBH, a spokesman said it had temporarily moved to Mandai due to renovation works and was unable to comment about the incident.

A police spokesman told TNP they received a call requesting for assistance at around midnight. No one was injured and the police are investigating the incident.

An MSF spokesman confirmed the incident with The New Paper yesterday.

The spokesman said: "An incident involving unruly behaviour occurred in the Singapore Boys' Home at 11pm on Sept 19 which required the involvement of the police."

He added MSF had taken steps to ensure the well-being of SBH residents and were assisting the police with investigations.

MSF did not address questions about the cause of the incident.

Last year, there were 215 boys admitted to the Home.

It is gazetted as a Juvenile Rehabilitation Centre for youth offenders dealt with by the Youth Court, which deals with offenders below 16 years old.

The Home is designated a Place of Safety for those admitted on a Beyond Parental Control Order, a Child Protection Order, or under the Women's Charter.

According to the MSF's website, the youths go through structured routines and programmes for their development, such as academic or vocational training, recreational activities and community service.

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Manhattan bombing suspect arrested

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Driver fined, banned for hitting 78-year-old pedestrian


A driver was fined $2,400 and banned from driving for a year for hitting a 78-year-old pedestrian who suffered three fractures as a result.

Yesterday, Lim Bee Tin, 61, was convicted of negligently endangering human life on Sept 3 last year.

Lim was driving along Mei Chin Road towards Stirling Road. She then made a right turn onto Mei Ling Street but did so carelessly and knocked into Madam Goh Ah Loo who was crossing near the junction.

Lim felt an impact on the right side of the car and saw the victim.

Madam Goh was taken to National University Hospital (NUH) by ambulance where she was found to have suffered fractures to her right knee, ankle and wrist.

She was warded for 13 days in NUH before she was moved to Thye Hua Kwan Hospital for further treatment over another 69 days.

Defence lawyer Harvindarjit Singh said in mitigation that his client came out of her car immediately to help the victim after the accident. Lim also visited Madam Goh in hospital and had apologised to her family.

He also said it was an error of judgment from Lim.

But District Judge Low Wee Ping rejected this.

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